Kiddie Academy® Educational Child Care has always had the utmost respect for this country’s military veterans, which is reflected in our selection to Entrepreneur’s 2019 list of Top Franchises for Veterans. We rank #37 and are the only educational child care company to make the list of 150 veteran-friendly franchisors.
The ranking reflects each company’s veteran incentive, how veteran franchisees are attracted to and supported by the company and how each company scored in Entrepreneur’s 2019 Franchise 500 ranking. Kiddie Academy is ranked #111 in the Franchise 500.
Kiddie Academy is a long-time participant in the International Franchise Association’s strategic initiative, VetFran. The program is an option for United States citizens who are either currently serving in or who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. military. VetFran has a simple mission: To provide access and opportunities in franchising to veterans and their spouses.
“We’re honored to be listed on Entrepreneur’s list of top franchisors for veterans, a group that deserves a tremendous amount of appreciation,” said Kiddie Academy President Greg Helwig. “Veterans make great Franchisees. They’ve demonstrated a strong sense of commitment and community, which aligns perfectly with our mission. As a VetFran participant, we offer qualified veterans a reduction of $25,000 on their initial franchising fee.”
Ted Cockram is a Navy veteran who took advantage of the VetFran program. He and his wife, Hilda, own and operate two Kiddie Academy franchises in Florida. “Kiddie Academy showed itself to be a veteran-friendly company and that made a big difference in our decision to open a Kiddie Academy franchise. It’s a decision we knew was right since day one. I’d been able to use veterans’ benefits to buy a house and go back to school and get a degree. VetFran was another program that my military background allowed me to take advantage of, and as a first-time small business owner, any way to save money helps.”
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